100 Hospitals With Great Heart Programs

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Becker's Hospital Review has named "100 Hospitals With Great Heart Programs." These hospitals offer outstanding heart care, and the Becker's Hospital Review editorial team selected them based on clinical accolades, recognition for quality care and contributions to the field of cardiology and cardiovascular surgery. These hospitals have been set apart for excellence in heart care and research by reputable healthcare rating resources, including U.S. News & World Report, HealthGrades, Thomson Reuters and the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

Note: This list is not an endorsement of included hospitals or associated healthcare providers, and hospitals cannot pay to be included. Hospitals are presented in alphabetical order.

Abbott Northwestern Hospital (Minneapolis). The Minneapolis Heart Institute at Abbott Northwestern Hospital delivers care through its Integrated Cardiovascular Care Model, which combines clinical research, scientific innovation and medical services. The institute offers a full range of cardiovascular specialties and strives for excellence in heart disease prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation. It is also one of the few centers in the Midwest to offer heart transplants.

Advocate Christ Medical Center (Oak Lawn, Ill.). The Heart and Vascular Institute at Advocate Christ Medical Center offers innovative treatment and technology to address the full range of cardiovascular diseases. The hospital performs more heart surgeries than any other hospital in northern Illinois and its Congestive Heart Failure Clinic treats more than 1,000 patients annually. Advocate Christ Medical Center was ranked among the top hospitals in the nation for cardiology and heart surgery by U.S. News & World Report in 2012.  

Allegheny General Hospital (Pittsburgh). The Cardiovascular Institute at Allegheny General Hospital includes the Pulmonary Hypertension Program as a center of excellence. The program uses a community integration system to ensure care continues after diagnosis and treatment. The hospital is home to important cardiology advancements, as well. In 2004, Allegheny General cardiologists were the first in the world to demonstrate that advanced cardiac MRI is better than conventional diagnostic procedures for predicting heart attacks in women.

Aspirus Wausau (Wis.) Hospital. The Aspirus Heart & Vascular Institute at Aspirus Wausau Hospital was the first center in its region to embrace beating heart surgery, a form of bypass surgery that has higher success rates than the traditional technique. Aspirus Wausau surgeons perform about 95 percent of bypass surgeries using this technique, compared with the national rate of 30 percent. Aspirus also developed the Level I Cardiac Care program to treat heart attack patients faster by streamlining diagnosis, transfer and treatment.

Augusta Health (Fishersville, Va.). Augusta Health is accredited by the Society of Chest Pain Centers, meaning the hospital has integrated best practices into its cardiac care processes. It has a state-of-the-art vascular suite that combines a full operating room with angiography and imaging equipment. Under this design, physicians can perform surgical and radiological vascular procedures simultaneously, which is more convenient for patients. Augusta Health was named to Thomson Reuters' 100 Top Hospitals in 2012.

Aultman Hospital (Canton, Ohio). The Aultman Heart Center at Aultman Hospital offers a full range of non-invasive and invasive heart procedures. The center performs twice as many heart procedures as the other hospitals in its county combined. Giovanni Ciuffo, MD, the director of the Minimally Invasive and Bloodless Heart Surgery Program at the center, performs minimally invasive coronary artery bypass grafting procedures, which allow patients to recover and return to normal activity faster than more invasive techniques.

Aurora St. Luke's Medical Center (Milwaukee). Aurora St. Luke's Medical Center recently opened the Cardiac Specialty Centers, where providers research and offer treatment for hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, adult congenital heart disease, Marfan and aortic disorders and valvular heart disease. The hospital is also known for its robotic-assisted heart surgery program, which it initiated in 2002 and has attracted physicians from across the country. The hospital is also home to the Karen Yontz Women's Cardiac Awareness Center, a nationally recognized resource center dedicated to increasing the awareness, diagnosis and prevention of heart disease among women.  

Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center (Phoenix). Surgeons at Banner Good Samaritan's Cavanagh Heart Center were some of the first in the nation to implant the left ventricular assist device to treat heart failure in patients not eligible for heart transplants. The hospital's surgeons are also the only physicians in Phoenix who perform pulmonary artery endarterectomy to treat clot formation in the pulmonary artery. Heart and vascular researchers at Cavanagh have helped innovate several new technologies, including an implantable device that monitors the heart and alerts patients when a heart attack may be imminent — even with no symptoms.

Baptist St. Anthony's Hospital (Amarillo, Texas). The cardiology department at Baptist St. Anthony's Hospital offers full-service heart care. The team of cardiologists and providers uses established techniques and technology to treat a variety of cardiovascular conditions. The hospital also has a 12-week cardiac rehabilitation program, which emphasizes exercising to improve cardiovascular fitness and provides education on stress management and heart-healthy lifestyles.

Barnes-Jewish Hospital (St. Louis). Barnes-Jewish Hospital's Heart & Vascular Center has pioneered many procedures, from ablation therapies to valve repair and replacement. In September 2012, Barnes-Jewish physicians were the first in the country to implant the world's smallest heart pump in a heart failure patient. Also in 2012, Heart & Vascular Center physicians celebrated the 25th anniversary of the first Cox Maze procedure, a surgery invented there that has since become the standard treatment for patients with atrial fibrillation.

Baylor Jack and Jane Hamilton Heart and Vascular Hospital (Dallas). Baylor Jack and Jane Hamilton Heart and Vascular Hospital is the first North Texas hospital dedicated solely to the care and treatment of heart and vascular patients. Along with clinical care and expertise, physicians are involved in ongoing research projects, such as therapies for the management of heart failure, like cardiac resynchronization therapy.

Beaumont Hospital (Royal Oak, Mich.). Beaumont Hospital has several centers devoted to heart and vascular health. The Ministrelli Women's Heart Center was the first of its kind in Michigan, dedicated to the detection, prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease in women. In 2012, Beaumont cardiovascular physicians led a landmark study, finding inappropriate coronary CT angiography can be reduced up to 60 percent through educational programs, physician collaboration and close monitoring. The research was published in August 2012 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

Bellin Hospital (Green Bay, Wis.). The heart and vascular team at Bellin Hospital has more than 40 years of experience in cardiac care, making it the most experienced program in the region. The team at Bellin Hospital can unblock the artery of a heart attack patient in 49 minutes, well below the national average. Bellin Hospital's was one of five regional heart surgery programs to pass the selection criteria for use of the Sapien heart valve, the first artificial valve designed for implantation without major surgery.

Brigham and Women's Hospital (Boston). The Carl J. and Ruth Shapiro Cardiovascular Center at Brigham and Women's Hospital is home to New England's first 320-slice clinical cardiac CT scanner. The center also has hybrid operating rooms that allow surgeons to perform advanced hybrid therapies, combinations of catheter-based, conventional and less invasive surgical procedures. The hospital is home to New England's first heart transplant in 1984 and first artificial heart transplant, which occurred in February 2012.

Bryn Mawr (Pa.) Hospital. Bryn Mawr Hospital's Heart Center, part of the Main Line Health Heart Center, takes a progressive approach to prevention, diagnosis and treatment of heart disease. It was the first heart center in the country to introduce Aquenous Oxygen Therapy for heart attack patients, which improves patients' surgery recovery rates. Bryn Mawr was also one of the first centers in the region to offer patients access to coronary brachytherapy, an application to reduce restenosis.

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center (Los Angeles). Cedars-Sinai's Heart Institute is known for excellent heart care and its involvement in cutting-edge research. For example, a team of the heart institute's stem cell researchers received a $1.3 million grant from the California Institute of Regenerative Medicine to continue studying stem cell therapy for heart attack patients. Also, Cedars-Sinai physicians have performed more percutaneous mitral valve repairs and aortic valve replacements than any other medical center in the nation.  

Clara Maass Medical Center (Belleville, N.J.). Located about five miles north of Newark, N.J., Clara Maass Medical Center offers its diagnostic cardiac services as a center of excellence. The medical center was named to Thomson Reuters' 100 Top Hospitals in 2012 and was also a recipient of HealthGrades' 2012 Patient Safety Excellence Award.

Cleveland Clinic. The Cleveland Clinic's Miller Family Heart and Vascular Institute includes centers for women's cardiovascular services, heart failure and other specific cardiac conditions. It has been ranked number one in the nation for heart care by U.S. News & World Report for 18 years in a row. Cleveland Clinic has pioneered many medical breakthroughs, including coronary artery bypass surgery, and is home to the largest cardiovascular practice in the nation. No other hospital in the country sees more patients for heart and vascular care, according to the hospital.

Deborah Heart and Lung Center (Browns Mills, N.J.). Deborah Heart and Lung Center is the only cardiac and pulmonary specialty hospital in the state. The hospital was also rated as the safest hospital in New Jersey in 2012 by Consumer Reports. Recently, Deborah Heart and Lung physician Edmund Karam, MD, was named to the Stereotaxis "Century Club," which recognizes the top robotic ablation experts in the nation. He is one of only 11 electrophysiologists on the list.

Decatur (Ill.) Memorial Hospital. Decatur Memorial Hospital was the first hospital in Macon County to provide a dedicated space for cardiac care. The Decatur Memorial Hospital Heart & Lung Institute's physicians have the expertise to perform virtually all open-heart surgeries with beating heart techniques. Decatur Memorial has been named one of Thomson Reuters' 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals for two years in a row.

Delray Medical Center (Delray Beach, Fla.). Delray Medical Center's Heart Center offers multiple specialties, including invasive valve repair and minimally invasive cardiac surgery, among other cardio subspecialties. Delray Medical Center unveiled a 128 Multi-Slice CT Scanner in its heart center in February 2012. The scanner lowers the patient's exposure to radiation while taking multiple X-rays and combining them on a computer screen to identify artery blockage.

Dixie Regional Medical Center (St. George, Utah). Dixie Regional Medical Center has been named one of Thomson Reuters' 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals for four consecutive years, most recently in 2012. The hospital boasts state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging technology, including CT, MRI and 3D Echo imaging tests. HealthGrades has given Dixie Regional Medical Center its Cardiac Surgery Excellence Award, based on excellence in coronary artery bypass graft and valve repair or replacement surgery.

Doctors Hospital (Columbus, Ohio). Doctors Hospital is an accredited chest pain center that offers state-of-the-art heart and vascular care. The cardiac team includes cardiac educators, who work one-on-one with patients so they better understand their heart problems and procedures. Doctors Hospital has been named one of Thomson Reuters' 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals for two years in a row.

Doctors Hospital of Sarasota (Fla.). Doctors Hospital of Sarasota's new PCI Heart Stenting Program provides lifesaving interventions that save time and heart muscle. The hospital was recognized as a top performer on key quality measures by The Joint Commission in 2012 — the second year in a row. It also received the gold award for heart failure care from the American Heart Association's Get With The Guidelines program.

Doylestown Hospital (Bucks, Pa.). The Heart Institute of Doylestown Hospital is ranked second nationally for 30-day heart attack mortality, as reported by the federal government. Joseph Auteri, MD, FACS, serves as The Heart Institute's medical director and is an expert in minimally invasive valve surgery, which is a growing specialty at Doylestown Hospital. Nearly one in three cardiac valve surgeries done at the institute is a minimally invasive procedure.

Duke University Medical Center (Durham, N.C.). Duke University Medical Center's Duke Heart Center has a dual focus on clinical services and cardiovascular research. The center is home to the top congestive heart failure program in the nation, based on patient volume, National Institutes of Health and private funding and publications. It is also home to the Duke Databank for Cardiovascular Disease, the world's largest and oldest repository of outcomes data on heart patients, which was established in 1969.

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